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River Cruise Radio is a weekly podcast that dives deep into the world of river cruises in Europe, North America and Asia. Hear river cruise reviews, destination tips, and valuable cruise advice from industry experts. Learn more at https://cruiseradio.net/river
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Mar 29, 2017

This week we're heading over to Portugal for the christening of CroisiEurope River Cruises' newest river ship. But before I left, I asked Chris Owen some last minute questions...an hour before I needed to be at the airport. 


Chris answers my questions on: 

  • How to adjust to jet lag and the best ways to cope with it 
  • What to do on the first day of the river cruise 
  • How early can we board the river cruise
  • Apps for language and currency conversions 
Mar 23, 2017

Chris just returned from a cruise on Windstar Cruises. There aren't that many difference between a Windstar Cruise and a river cruise. Today we break that down, talking about experiences onboard, dining, off board experiences, and who this cruise is for. 

We also answer a listener question if Viking River Cruises will ever make a Mississippi River debut.
Mar 16, 2017

Chris has our detailed planning guide to river cruising from booking it a year out to the day you leave. You'll want to follow along with this planning guide. A big lesson we learn in this episode is paying attention to air details is REALLY important. 

Mar 9, 2017

We talk to one of the co-owners of AMA Waterways about their Adventures by Disney program and find out what it's all about.

Chris Owen returns to answer some of your listener questions on pre and post cruise packages and what amenities we find on river cruise ships.

Mar 2, 2017

Sherry Kennedy is with us this week to share her review of American Cruise Line's replica paddle wheeler Queen of the West. Her seven-night voyage took her to the Pacific Northwest along the Columbia and Snake Rivers. Here about her week on a paddle wheeler, the destinations, and her take the river cruise. 

Feb 23, 2017

This week we tackle your listener questions. Chris Owen joins us to answer river cruise questions on:

1. How do the loyalty programs work on a river cruise line and are there levels like like ocean cruise lines? 

2. We are going to Amsterdam. What should we know about navigating the city? 
 
3. Booked on a Viking Windmill Tulip cruise - what should I expect aside from the obvious? 
 
4. What is there to do if we are docked at night in a port? 
 
5. Is it customary to tip the crew members and program director onboard? 
Feb 16, 2017

We get a lesson in budgeting this week from Chris Owen. He shares with us how to make our vacation dollar go further and how it isn't impossible to save for a river cruise. It's a matter of being disciplined. From using the right credit cards to switching cable providers - there's something to learn here. 

Feb 9, 2017

River cruises are more about the destination, not the onboard experience. We prove that again this week as Theresa shares her review of her Amawaterways luxury river cruise, the AmaDara. This river cruise ship is based in Southeast Asia and focuses on Cambodia and Vietnam. Hear her experiences in Asia, what the dining was like onboard and the unique food offerings this ship offers. 

Feb 2, 2017

Chris joins us this week to tackle some of your river cruise questions. 

  • Should I take the family and best way to get the best price?
  • How dressed up do I have to get? 
  • What type of food should I expect on my river cruise?
  • Will they take care of my dietary restrictions? 
  • How does traveling solo work with the single supplement fee? 
  • Do the river cruises always dock in the center of town?
Jan 26, 2017

There is a big difference between all the river cruise lines out there. All the brands offer something unique. Chris Owen is back to share his five things we need to know about Viking River Cruises. 

Jan 19, 2017

Nancy Schretter from the Family Travel Network shares with us her voyage on Uniworld Cruises on a seven-night Classic Christmas Market cruise. She gives a detailed report of her voyage, her first-time tips, and what to expect on your sailing.

Jan 12, 2017

Today we get a review of an Adventures by Disney sailing on AMAWaterways. Not to be confused with Disney Cruise Line, Adventures by Disney focuses mostly on offboard adventures and explorations in the ports of call. Lissa details her Adventure by Disney sailing along the Danube River in Europe. 

Jan 5, 2017

On this episode, we talk with Chris Owen on how to book a river cruise. When most people think of booking a cruise, they think they can go online and be done with it. That is true with an ocean cruise,  but river cruises are a little more hands on. Chris explains in this episode.

Dec 29, 2016

Kay Lynn just returned from a 12 day China tour last month which included a four-night Yangtze river cruise on the Century Diamond. She gives us a review of the river cruise, the tours they did in China, and her first time impressions of the river boat. 

Chris returns with our Ask the Expert segment and talks about us about internet service and being connected on a river cruise. 

Dec 22, 2016

This week we get a river cruise review of American Queen Steamboat Company's American Queen. We recently took a three-night voyage from New Orleans on this 19th-century steamboat and will give you a comprehensive review. 

While onboard, Ted Sykes, President of American Queen Steamboat Company sat down and chatted with us about the American Queen, the history, and what makes a Mississippi River cruise so appealing. 

Dec 15, 2016

Today we get 5 things we need to know about AMAWaterways from Sherry. Plus, on our Ask the Expert segment, Chris stops by to compare and contrasts ocean cruise sea days vs river scenic cruising. 

Dec 8, 2016

Nancy gives us a detailed review of her Viking River Cruises sailing. She leaves no stone unturned when she gives all the low down on the Viking longship, the destinations, and what the expect when sailing with Viking River Cruises. 

Dec 1, 2016

On this episode, we get a review of Europe-based river cruise line CroisiEurope from Sherry. Sherry took a five-night sailing on this river cruise line. What makes this cruise line unique when it does sailings out of Venice, Italy is it returns to the same pier every night - and only ventures out during the day time. 

Nov 23, 2016

Howard and his family returned from a seven-night European Viking River Cruise along the Danube River. Hear his review of this Viking longship, the destinations the experienced, and his post-cruise tour. He also shares why he keeps returning to Viking River Cruises.


Chris Owen tackles a listener question about the warmest time to take a European river cruise. 

Nov 17, 2016

On this episode we talk with Brian of BrandG vacations. Chris Owen returns to answer some of your listener qusetions. 

Nov 10, 2016

Today we are joined by a couple who just returned from a European river cruise with Uniworld River Cruises. Uniworld operates a fleet of 21 river cruising cruise ships along the rivers of Europe, Russia, Egypt, and China. You'll want to hear this detailed review of Uniworld's River Queen along the Rhine River from Lynn and Cele Seldon.

Nov 3, 2016

Chris Owen recently wrote an article called "6 Things I Forgot to Tell My Friends Before Their River Cruise." We learn about things that we often take for granted or that people assume we already know before taking our river cruise. 

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Oct 27, 2016

Marcia joins us after returning from from a seven-night European river cruise aboard Viking River Cruises' Viking Eir.

This was a seven night trip from Amsterdam to Basel, Switzerland. We get a detailed review of this Viking long ship and the destinations she went to on her Rhine Getaway river cruise. 

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Oct 20, 2016
We continue with our European Christmas Market cruise theme. We answer your listener questions this week about European Christmas Market river cruises. Sherry joins us again to answer your European Christmas Market questions and share her tips. 
  1. What is a Christmas Market cruise? 
  2. What can you expect on this sailing? 
  3. How should you dress on a Christmas market sailing? 
  4. How accessible are the markets to the docks? 
  5. Any must food and drinks to try and experience? 
  6. What should we do for currency? 
  7. What types of Christmas market excursions would you suggest? 
  8. Is there a certain route that offers a better Christmas market experience? 
  9. What are the typical things people buy at the Christmas markets? 
  10. How does the Christmas part on land transition to the on board experience? 

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Oct 13, 2016

On this episode we get a review of AMACerto, a river cruise ship from AMA Waterways. Sherry discusses her sailing on AMACerto, the dining options, the stateroom, itinerary, and some first time tips. Next week she'll be back to discuss and answer questions on the European Christmas Markets. 

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